Diana Gabaldon


Books that take this time-traveling author across continents and decades.



Diana Gabaldon Diana Gabaldon's fiction isn't easy to pin down. Spanning decades and continents, her best-selling Outlander series tells the tale of an impossible romance between 20th century British nurse Claire Randall and 18th century Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser. In her most recent book, The Exile, Gabaldon develops the idiosyncratic world of her fiction into graphic novel form. Responding to Guest Books, Diana Gabaldon wrote, "What I like are books that are complex, vivid, and unique." Here are three of her favorites.


Books by Diana Gabaldon




The Knife Man

By Wendy Moore


"This immensely entertaining and well-researched biography is the story of John Hunter, one of the founders of modern medicine, and a first-class nut. Renowned as a genius and reviled as a body-snatcher, Doctor Hunter was one of the most colorful characters of the eighteenth century--a time not lacking in such people."




Love in the Time of Cholera

By Gabriel García Márquez


"Magic realism, long river voyages, prose you can sink into like an inner-tube and drift downstream. One of the less-likely but most appealing romances you're likely to encounter."







Haunting Bombay

By Shilpa Agarwal


"A book that exists on multiple levels, inviting you into death and mystery, into the heart of a family, and into the tantalizing, aromatic swirl of another culture. Beautiful, lyrical, and genuinely haunting."


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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.